Do You Suddenly Have Low Water Pressure In Your Home? It Might Be Time To Prime The Pump

If the water to your home is supplied by a well, and the water pressure suddenly drops, try priming the pump. When air gets into pump fittings, the amount of water being pushed through the system is reduced. Eventually, the air will keep the pump from moving any water. When you turn on the faucet nothing will come out. Here is a trick to prime the pump without having to dig it up or remove fittings from it.

  • Set Up a Temporary Alternative Water Supply

This can be accomplished by running a long hose to a neighbor's house; with the neighbor's permission of course. If your well has two lines, one for outbuildings, you can use the second line to flush the first. You can also use the pressure tank or hot water tank for this.

  • Connect the Alternate Water Supply to the Pump

Attach a lead-free hose to a spigot on the alternate water supply. Turn on the water and flush the hose. Close the hose by kinking it to keep the water in it and turn off the water. Quickly connect other end of the hose to a spigot that has low water pressure.

  • Open a Faucet

Open another faucet that is suffering with low pressure. This is where the water will flow to after it is turned back on.

  • Force Water Backwards Through the System

Turn the water on at the alternate water supply. Be sure to turn it on full to allow for the water to be forced through the system and push out any air.

  • Watch for Water Flow

Watch for a steady stream of water to flow out of the open faucet. Once it seems to be flowing at a good pressure close the faucet and then immediately turn off the water from the supply spigot.

  • Test the System

Undo the hose and check the water pressure on the different faucets and spigots in your home. If one of them still has low pressure, reconnect the hose and go through the procedure again. This time, open that faucet and wait for the flow to improve from it.

If your water pressure keeps dropping after priming the pump, you should contact a plumber to check all the fittings and valves for leaks. Some leaks are easy to repair and others will require having a new pump installed. Once any leaks are taken care of, you should not have to worry about priming the pump again for years unless the system is shut down for an extended time. To learn more, visit Valley Drilling Corporation of VA


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